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Source: The New York Post

The New York Post recently spoke with current WWE RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss. Bliss opens up about her anorexia problems as a teenager, becoming women’s champion and earning the respect in the locker room. Below are some of her comments.

On her battles with anorexia:

“Oh gosh, I was a completely different person. It controls you and it consumes you in so many different ways. I remember my mom sitting me down and telling me I was in the hospital and she was like, ‘You are probably going to die from this’ because the doctors were telling her 1 in 4 people die from it and I was going to be that one because my body wasn’t responding. My heart wasn’t responding. Everything was just going downhill and I didn’t see it. Your brain doesn’t see it. I remember being in the hospital and not knowing why. That is why I try to be so open about it because people going through it, it consumes them and you tell them it doesn’t have to. You can move past your eating disorder and not let it have control over your life anymore.”

Becoming Women’s Champion:

“It’s been an amazing journey that I’ve had with WWE. I always think about the first day I came to FCW at the time. I remember walking in and I had sparkly-sequence UGG boots on, sparkly-sequence jacket on and matching sequence backpack. The head instructor, Bill Dumont, goes. ‘What are you?’ I was just like, ‘I’m Lexi.’ I didn’t know what else to say. You could probably see me from space. I was very just like not knowing anything and watching the girls on the first day. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, they are so good.’ That day I didn’t think I would ever be able to get to their level and to have the opportunity to be champion has been absolutely incredible.”

Earning the respect in the locker room:

“Oh god, I don’t know if I still have it now. It’s one thing coming in, not being a part of the indies stuff like that and doing well. It’s another to now be part of the indies and be champ. It’s an ongoing thing, but the girls that I work with now are amazing. When I came up to SmackDown I was super nervous. I never really worked with these girls before. I have to say, the group of women I was drafted with to “SmackDown Live” were the most welcoming and most amazing women I’ve ever worked with.”

Alexa talks more about her past, her work on Total Divas and her infamous pet, Larry-Steve. You can read the rest of the article by clicking here.

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Count Terrell Davis among the many former football players who are understandably uneasy about the long-term impact the sport may have on their lives.

The former Denver Broncos running back detailed the widespread concerns during an interview with the Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post ahead of this weekend’s Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.

“I can’t lie, we’re all scared,” Davis said. “We’re concerned because we don’t know what the future holds. When I’m at home and I do something, if I forget something I have to stop to think, ‘Is this because I’m getting older or I’m just not using my brain, or is this an effect of playing football? I don’t know that.'”

The comments from Davis come just one week after a study published findings that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head, was discovered in 99 percent of brains of deceased players.

With the new-age information on brain injuries in mind, Davis recalled a well-documented story about him playing through a migraine during a Super Bowl XXXII victory over the Green Bay Packers.

“I think about that moment a lot because if they had the rules in place then, I don’t go back into that game,” Davis said. “And that changes a lot. Am I here? Thank God it didn’t happen like that.”

Davis, who will be inducted alongside the greatest players in football history Saturday night, played seven seasons in the NFL from 1995-2001, all of which with the Broncos.

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Think of the NFL player that’s most like LeBron James.

Chances are you aren’t imagining Eli Manning.

Yet James is the player New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison used when explaining why he believes his teammate Manning was slighted by not being included on NFL Network’s Top 100 list for 2016.

“Eli, when you look at Eli, it’s kind of like when you look at LeBron,” Harrison said Monday during an interview on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.”

“I’m not saying they’re the same, but look at Eli’s numbers. If any other quarterback would have those numbers it would be an amazing year, but, it being Eli, no one is respecting it much like we do LeBron. LeBron could average 30 (points), 15 rebounds, and 12 assists and it’s like ‘he didn’t do enough.’ I don’t know what’s the deal.”

Manning threw for over 4,000 yards last season, but a dozen quarterbacks threw for more. Additionally, 11 quarterbacks threw as many or more touchdown passes than he did.

Manning certainly had a respectable year, but it wasn’t a grave injustice for him not to be included in the Top 100.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott emerged as one of the stories of the 2016 season, leading his team to an NFC-best 13-3 record after beginning the summer as a third-string option.

After his meteoric rise to power, Prescott thanked Tony Romo for making the transition as easy as possible.

“I mean, Tony did an amazing job of helping me out. I think that’s what Tony realized is that, he couldn’t necessarily control whether he was going to play or not. But what he can control is our relationship,” Prescott said Wednesday on The Rich Eisen Show.

“And I think Tony did a great job, and I commend Tony and thank him so much for that — of being another coach for me, of helping me out, of in the middle of the game, at practice, on the field (and) off the field, giving me advice. And as a guy who went through exactly what I went through — taking over the position from an older veteran, and knowing what it’s like to be the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, and just helping me out.”

For those who need a brief recap of Prescott’s ascension: Romo suffered a fractured vertebra during the preseason, and Prescott excelled in his absence, taking over as the team’s starting quarterback.

Prescott played so well, however, that when Romo finally healed from his injury, the veteran’s starting position was no longer available. Eventually Romo conceded the job to Prescott, who earned Pro Bowl and Offensive Rookie of the Year honors for his performance.

Entering their second seasons, Prescott and fellow sophomore Ezekiel Elliott are the unquestioned faces of the Cowboys franchise. In becoming one of the NFL’s promising prospects, Prescott has plenty to thank the now-retired Romo for.

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Philip Rivers has the highest level of respect for Von Miller.

The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback has been competing in the same division as Miller for six seasons now, and he’s seen enough to know the Denver Broncos linebacker can do it all.

“I think what makes him unique, too, is he’s not just a speed guy,” Rivers told NFL Network for their Top 100 show. “Against us over the years, I’ve grown to respect his every-down ability.

“He’s not a pass-rusher. He is a football player. He stops the run, he plays hard every snap. He can wreck the game with his pass rush. And he’ll go down one day as one of the best defensive players to play.”

The Super Bowl 50 MVP has been heralded for his pass-rushing abilities, but Rivers feels like Miller’s all-around talent sets him apart, despite being sacked by the Bronco more than any other quarterback in the NFL.

“He really can ruin a game because of his ability to sack-fumble,” said Rivers, a 13-year veteran. “He plays the run very well. We’ve had some words in the past, and he’s gotten some good shots on me in the past, but he’s one of those guys you respect and a guy you’d love if he’s on your side.

“You love going against the best and he definitely is that.”

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After being treated to a smattering of boos from the Madison Square Garden faithful, Carmelo Anthony could only look to a familiar face for comfort.

Anthony drew comparisons to Knicks legend Patrick Ewing in describing the intense scrutiny that comes with being New York‘s star player.

“Without a doubt,” Anthony told ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk when asked if he respected Ewing more after stepping into his shoes in New York. “As a student of the game, you know what people go through in their own respective situations.

“Knowing the history of the game and knowing the history here and the players, he was one of those guys who kind of can relate to what I’m going through. Being able to still try to perform at a high level and block everything out, I mean, that’s somebody I can say understands what I’m dealing with.”

As it happens, Ewing was in town on Friday as an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets. The beloved franchise center had no advice beyond just accepting the circus that surrounds the Knicks.

“I just blocked it out and did my job,” Ewing told the George Willis of the New York Post. “You have to have tough skin. You can’t worry about what people think. As long as you’re out there doing your best, that’s all you can do.”

Much like how the declining Anthony is being chased out of town at the moment, Knicks fans also grew frustrated at Ewing two decades back. He was eventually dealt to the Seattle Supersonics in 2000 after leading the Knicks to 13-straight playoff appearances.

That same episode is now playing itself out 17 years later, although in the case of Anthony he hasn’t come close to what Ewing did for the Knicks. The parallels end with Anthony and Ewing’s situation, not what they accomplished while wearing the Knicks uniform.

Dwight Freeney

While Tom Brady may be the most disliked quarterback in the league among fans, his opposition isn’t so low on the New England Patriots quarterback.

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney has seen his fair share of Brady through his 15-year career and, while he has tried, the veteran pass-rusher can’t find a reason to be a hater.

“The thing is, I try to hate the guy, but I can’t because he is a good guy,” Freeney said of Brady, according to ProFootballTalk’s Michael David Smith. “I know him personally off the field, too – he is a good dude. I guess it comes with the territory, just playing as long as I have been and as long as he has been.”

Freeney spent the first 11 years of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, where he built a solid rivalry with Brady and the Patriots, but the battles only made his appreciation for his competition stronger.

“We have had a rivalry in the Colts versus the Patriots for years – it was like they were in our division since we played them twice a year, because we played them once in the regular season and once in the postseason,” said Freeney. “We knocked them out, they knocked us out, so it is kind of those things where you know it is going to be a battle. You know it is going to be a war.

“At the end, you have so much respect for them because of the fact that they are such a great franchise and they can continually make it to this moment year in and year out, even when they have changes on the team. They go through adversity throughout the years. Tom is not playing the first four games and they are still here. It is a testament to what they do around there.”

Freeney has yet to decide whether Sunday will be the last game of his career, but if it is, he will be happy to have shared the field with Brady one more time.